[Rumour] Samsung reportedly preparing Jelly Bean for Galaxy SIII, August 29th rollout?


After Google unveiled its latest flavor of Android during Google I/O 2012, everyone was anxious to know when their device would get the update, or IF? Samsung has been open about updating the Galaxy SIII to Jelly Bean, and reports are coming in from SamMobille and GSMArena that Samsung are working on the update and are expecting to release it on August 29. This date may ring a bell, as its the day that Samsung will be unveiling its Note 2 during the Unpacked event for IFA in Berlin. Looks like Samsung may have other announcements besides the Note’s successor.

Skeptics may say that this rumour may be just that, – a rumour – , as test builds of future OTA updates always end up leaking on XDA, with devs releasing the leaked updates to users. However, don’t take this with a grain of salt just yet, Samsung have certainly tightened up security on their part and are avoiding any leaks as far as possible. We haven’t even gotten a glimpse of the Note 2 yet, which clearly shows Sammy’s efforts.

The rollout is expected to hit international versions of the Galaxy S3 first, as carrier branded models have to go through their strict checks and “optimisation” process. Users in Malaysia can expect a brisk update as our models are part of the International rollout.

Stay tuned for more info on CrackTech.



Sony releases ICS Beta ROM for select Xperia devices

Sony has just released a public BETA version of its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for a few Xperia devices. The video below was also uploaded on Sony’s dev youtube account . It showcases all the new updates of the Beta ROM .

The update brings a number of notable improvements from the Alpha ROM released in December last year.

New and Updated UI – The ROM brings a new ICS styled UI which brings much improvement to the Gingerbread UI. The UI animations are fluid and fast , and so are scrollable widgets.

Lockscreen Update – Now , there is a camera button on the lockscreen which takes you straight to the camera app . And finally, Sony have included a slick Music Player in the lockscreen. You can now control your music without unlocking. Sony have also confirmed to be including Google’s Face Unlock feature in the final release.

The modem is now approved and FM Radio as well as GSM is now working! Yes you can make calls as well as surf the net without much problems. Sony is still working hard to iron out all the bugs and certifications needed to release the full OTA update which is expected to arrive sometime in March .

Devices supported in this release are Xperia Arc S , Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray with build 4.0.2.A.0.42. Sorry original Arc and Neo users!

However , Sony have stressed that although they have gone through as much as they can to make it as stable and convenient to install , they only recommend advanced users to flash the ROM. Those of you who have experience with custom ROM’s will feel right at home however. You can download and read more of the update here  .